Published 04/04/16

Raimondo '12H is among Forbes' "World's Greatest Leaders"

Governor and President in hallwayR.I. Gov.  Gina Raimondo ’12H (left, with Bryant President Ronald K. Machtley) is among the honorees on Forbes' annual list of "World's Greatest Leaders." Raimondo, who received an honorary doctorate from Bryant at the 2012 Commencement ceremony, placed 38th on the list. Published last month, the list also includes Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Apple CEO Tim Cook and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, among others.

“America’s smallest state just tackled one of the country’s biggest fiscal problems,” writes Forbes.  “Countless state and local governments struggle with under­financed pension plans, and Rhode Island’s was one of the worst before 2014. That’s when Gina Raimondo, then state treasurer, engineered an overhaul that slashed cost-of-living increases and pointed the system toward solvency. In 2015 she negotiated legal settlements that preserved her pension reforms, inspiring hope in cash-strapped statehouses everywhere.”

Prior to being elected governor in 2014, Raimondo served for four years as Rhode Island's general treasurer. She also worked for a decade as co-founder and general partner of Point Judith Capital, a venture capital firm, and was senior vice president of fund development at Village Ventures. She is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, and she was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.